Illinois Tech notes that restrictions and limitations imposed by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago, as well as policies adopted by Illinois Tech, relative to COVID-19 have, and will continue, to make it difficult, if not impossible, for student organizations and activities to operate and occur. Thus, the inclusion of information about an organization or activity does not mean it is operating or available. Students should contact the organization or activity sponsor directly for current information. However, as we assume that these restrictions and limitations will be lifted at some point, and we are providing this information in anticipation of that day.
Students are encouraged to participate in Illinois Tech’s spirited campus life. Taking part in organizations and activities is considered an integral part of an Illinois Tech education. The Office of Campus Life affirms that the co-curricular experience broadens your interests, helps develop leadership skills, and provides the opportunity to interact with others to build the Illinois Tech community. Student membership on executive boards of all registered student organizations is open to full-time, regularly enrolled students in good academic standing. However, general membership in student organizations is open to all full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students at Illinois Tech or VanderCook College of Music. All students are encouraged to get involved in a student organization. A complete list of organizations can be found on the Campus Life website. Anyone interested in forming a new organization should contact the Office of Campus Life at email@example.com.
Students are often asked to participate in search committees for academic and administrative positions and on university-wide committees for such areas as alcohol policy, campus life, and discipline. Workshops on student leadership and engagement are offered by the Office of Campus Life. These programs are designed to reenergize and rejuvenate organization members, as well as to provide training for new and returning leaders. Sessions also enable participants to reestablish ties with other student organizations and to meet students, faculty, and staff from other areas of campus.
The Department of Athletics and Recreation (312.567.7130) offers a comprehensive program of varsity sports, intramural competition, and informal recreation activities for both men and women. The Scarlet Hawks men’s varsity teams compete in basketball, baseball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, indoor and outdoor track and field, tennis, lacrosse, and volleyball; women’s varsity teams compete in basketball, cross country, lacrosse, swimming, soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field, tennis, and volleyball. Illinois Tech is a member of NCAA Division III and the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference (NAAC).
All varsity athletes must be regularly enrolled, full-time undergraduates and must maintain academic eligibility. Graduates of accredited high schools or community colleges are eligible to compete in college athletics immediately upon matriculation. An athlete is permitted four full seasons of intercollegiate competition, which may accumulate at Illinois Tech or in a combination of Illinois Tech and four-year/junior college career over a total of 10 semesters of attendance. Illinois Tech does not award athletic scholarships. Please refer to the student-athlete handbook for details on eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the NAAC has decided to postpone schedule play for all fall 2020 semester sports.
Illinois Tech affirms that professional and social Greek organizations constitute an integral part of the campus community. Recognizing that membership in a Greek organization is of significant educational value, Illinois Tech supports the concept that membership can be a worthwhile component to a student’s life. The fraternities and sororities at Illinois Tech afford their members leadership development, academic support, and a range of social activities. Many of these organizations have received national honors for their services and achievements. Please feel free to contact the Office of Campus Life at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit the Greek Life website.
Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Houses
The Quad, located at the southeastern corner of the Mies Campus, is the home of the fraternity and sorority chapter houses. The fraternities are generally self-governing, with housing corporations staffed by alumni who oversee financial operations and advise the general workings of the organization. The sorority chapter houses are owned and maintained by Illinois Tech. While each fraternity and sorority house has its own unique floor plan and mix of amenities, all houses have a resident adviser (RA), academic liaison, and food service option internal to the chapter. For more information about fraternity and sorority living, contact the individual organization leaders and/or the Office of Campus Life. You can find contact information on the HawkLink website.
The annual Clinton E. Stryker dinner and recognition award ceremony honors students, and occasionally faculty or staff, who have made notable contributions to campus life. The Richard F. Babcock Leadership Award, established in 1995, honors an outstanding second-yard or third-year student who has displayed significant leadership ability.
The Lincoln Academy Student Laureate award honors an outstanding senior student from each of the four-year-degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois. The award winner receives the Student Lincoln Academy Medallion and thereby becomes a student laureate. The recipients attend a special ceremony held in the House of Representatives of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.
Criteria for these awards and others can be found on the Illinois Tech Office of Student Affairs website, or by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Affairs.
Academic Resource Center (ARC)
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a comprehensive center with a variety of free services for students and faculty. The ARC’s mission is to enrich the academic experience through a student-centered approach to learning. The ARC provides peer tutoring for undergraduate courses in mathematics and the sciences on a drop-in basis and with appointment.
Undergraduate and graduate peer tutors are available during the fall and spring semesters. In addition to peer tutoring, the ARC also offers supplemental instruction, exam reviews, group study space, online tutoring, and a computer laboratory equipped with PCs, Macs, and IPads.
Affirmative Action Officer
The director of equal opportunity and affirmative action, who is located in the IIT Tower, is the students’ point of contact for complaints of discrimination based on a protected class.
Audio equipment such as laptops, TVs, projectors, and sound systems are available for rental to student organizations and Illinois Tech departments for use in event spaces only on campus for a fee from Event Services. Student Organizations should contact the Office of Campus Life for more information. All other departments and organizations should process requests through the Office of Event Services. For further information you may visit the Event Services website.
Bicycles, Roller Skates, and Skateboards/Hoverboards
The use of bicycles, skateboards, hoverboards, or roller skates of any kind in any Illinois Tech building is prohibited. Bike racks are located outside many campus buildings. Parking bicycles in the public areas of buildings or chaining them to stairway railings is prohibited. Bicycles that are found unattended or are creating a safety hazard anywhere on campus are subject to removal by the Public Safety department.
Bookstore (Mies Campus)
A complete line of books, supplies, architecture/engineering equipment, and Illinois Tech gifts and clothing are available in the Illinois Tech Mies Campus Barnes and Noble Bookstore.The bookstore is located in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center. Please check its website its the current hours.
Bookstore (Conviser Law Center)
The bookstore at the Conviser Law Center, located on the concourse level at 565 West Adams Street, sells books and supplies for Chicago-Kent College of Law and Stuart School of Business. For additional information, including current hours or operation, visit its website.
Office of Campus Life
Facebook: IIT Campus Life, Twitter: @IITCampusLife
The Office of Campus Life encompasses a variety of roles in the life of a student on campus.
The Bog, Hermann Hall Lower Level
Come join us in The BOG, located on the lower level of Hermann Hall. We have all the current video game systems, arcade games (including Dance Dance Revolution and Initial D5 Racing), darts, billiards, foosball, air hockey, and ping pong. We also have an eight-lane bowling alley that is available for free play with a valid HawkCard during any of our normal operating hours.
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion serves students of all backgrounds and works to foster a safe and inclusive campus for the entire Illinois Tech community. We provide programs, advocacy, and advice on issues, policies, and practices as they relate to Illinois Tech’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our work addresses religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, and more.
Greek organizations have been an important part of the Illinois Tech educational experience campus for more than 100 years—and joining a fraternity or sorority remains a popular option for both men and women. Membership provides opportunities for leadership development, scholastic achievement, and life-long friendships. We encourage all Illinois Tech students to learn more about the opportunity of membership in a fraternity or sorority—and value academics, service, and the community! Visit the Greek Life website for more information.
Tech Connect (Family and Supporters Network)
Tech Connect is our community for parents, family members, and supporters of Illinois Tech students. Members of Tech Connect receive a monthly e-newsletter, access to our Facebook page, Illinois Tech swag, and exclusive coupons to use on campus. Additionally, all families and guests are welcome to campus for Family Weekend each year and for volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Located in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC), Career Services provides a comprehensive series of services designed to assist students and alumni in the areas of career development and planning. Programs and services offered include career coaching, internship advising, on-campus/virtual company recruitment activities, and access to Handshake, an online database of jobs and internships. Career Services also offers programs on job search skills, resume writing, interviewing skills, and various industry panels throughout the school year. The office also sponsors job fairs during the fall and spring semesters. Note: Stuart School of Business undergraduate and graduate students should utilize the Stuart Career Management Center. You can learn more about the Stuart CMC by calling 312.906.6506 or by visiting its website.
Students who have accounts with participating banks may make transactions using the 24-hour automatic teller machine in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center.
Center for Learning Innovation
The Center for Learning Innovation produces, delivers, and supports Illinois Tech courses, lectures, and programs using educational technology. Through digital learning, Illinois Tech academic departments offer 28 distance education degree and certificate programs to the university community around the world. To see if a particular course or program is offered in any given semester, please check with your department or visit the CLI website.
Community Affairs and Outreach
Illinois Tech seeks opportunities to proactively partner with its neighbors and make a difference in Bronzeville. Illinois Tech’s Office of Community Affairs leverages the assets of the university to stimulate economic development, bolster education, and amplify art and culture for residents in Bronzeville and beyond. Connect with Community Affairs if you are interested in civic engagement that ranges from volunteerism to community service or organizational partnership. The director may be reached email@example.com.
As a part of the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Community Standards strives to create opportunities for student success on many levels. Engagement in the community and understanding the culture and expectations is critical in a college student’s development. We help facilitate student development through the management of Illinois Tech’s conduct process, responding to behaviors occurring on and off campus as they relate to student wellness and student conduct, as well as providing workshops for the community.
Copy and Postal Center—Post Office
Office Services: 312.567.3069
The Copy and Postal Center, located in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC), provides a full range of copy and printing services, including black-and-white or color photocopying, large format posters, and fax and mail services. Mail for McCormick Student Village (MSV) residents will be distributed from the mailboxes located in the MSV McCormick lounge; all other campus housing mail will be distributed to the student mailboxes in MTCC Post Office.
With venues centrally located on campus, you can choose from the following locations for your meals: The Commons, Global Grounds, Center Court, 10West, John and Pat Anderson Cafe, and the Bog. Visit the Dining Services website for more information and hours of operation.
Center for Disability Resources
Services for people with disabilities are coordinated by the Center for Disability Resources. Students with disabilities are encouraged to consult with center staff about their individual needs and access to Illinois Tech facilities by calling 312.567.5744 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need accommodations, please call the Center for Disability Resources as soon as possible. Because some accommodations require advance planning, it is advisable to arrange service in advance to or as close to the beginning of the semester as possible. For additional information, go to the Center for Disability Resources website.
Escort Safety Service
A Public Safety officer will escort members of the Illinois Tech community to any Illinois Tech facility on Mies Campus. Please refer to the Public Safety website for more details on safety and transportation.
Office of Financial Aid
312.567.7219 or 886.901.186
The Office of Financial Aid seeks to provide financial assistance for students and families. We endeavor to demystify and educate students about the financial aid process. We are committed to providing great student service through friendly, professional, and personalized counseling.
The Graduate College facilitates the evaluation and publication of graduate studies policy, monitors and reports the approval of new and revised graduate programs, evaluates graduate academic petitions, monitors academic honesty, and conducts final thesis examinations. The Office of Graduate Academic Affairs implements and enforces graduate academic policies, completes academic standing reviews, degree audits and degree conferrals, and communicates with graduate students as required.
The Graduate College and Office of Graduate Academic Affairs are located at IIT Tower, Suite 7D7-1.
Hermann Hall Conference Center
The Hermann Hall Conference Center acts as a community and conference center for many Illinois Tech and external events. The building has both large and small event spaces. Located on the western side of campus, the facility is available for conferences, programs, special meetings, lectures, social activities, catered meals and receptions for Illinois Tech departments, offices, and recognized student organizations, as well for external clients. Hermann Hall is also the location of the Academic Resources Center, the Bog, the Access Card and Parking office, and Event Services. Academic term building hours (excluding holidays) are:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Idea Shop is a 13,000-square-foot facility composed of a state-of-the-art rapid prototyping lab, collaborative teaming areas, formal classroom spaces, and project build spaces. Equipped with multifunction projectors and group-oriented spaces, the Idea Shop comes to life as a showcase, workplace, and learning space. At its core, the Idea Shop offers an environment that inspires interaction across professional programs at Illinois Tech, elevating the entire educational experience.
Since opening on May 15, 2010, the Idea Shop has fostered a “perfect storm” of learning, mentoring, and opportunity anchored in the principles of design thinking and the process of collaborative innovation. The Idea Shop at Illinois Tech stimulates creativity and cultivates interactions that lead to serendipitous breakthrough thinking. The Idea Shop is home to Illinois Tech’s Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program.
The Idea Shop facilities include: an app development lab; a state of the art rapid prototyping lab. Equipment includes a large format, 3-axis Shop Sabre CNC router; a precision (5"X5"x12") 4-axis Roland CNC mill; a 10" Jet table-saw; a 14" Delta bandsaw; a Delta Drill-press; a 50-watt laser cutter; two 3D printers (Dimension Uprint Plus, monochromatic ABS plastic, 8" x 8" x 6" capacity with a 0.010" layer resolution and a Zprinter 450, full color plaster, 8" x 10" x 8" capacity with 0.004" resolution); 3D Scanning (Roland LPX600DS laser scanner, 7" x 7" x 16" capacity); a vacuum former; a line bender for bending acrylic sheets; an electronics workbench; laptops; i-Pads; cad and graphics workstations; a video editing workstation; and a variety of additional resources. All Idea Shop computers and workstations are loaded with prototyping and visualization software such as Inventor, AutoCAD, and Sketch-up.
The Idea Shop is located in the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, 3317 South Federal Street. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Official Illinois Tech ID cards (HawkCards) are issued to currently registered Illinois Tech students through the Access, Card, and Parking Services office in Hermann Hall (312.567.8968). HawkCards are assigned access to academic buildings, residence halls, Galvin Library, and Keating Sports Center as appropriate. Lost, stolen, or malfunctioning ID cards should be reported immediately to that office. A fee may be assessed for replacement HawkCards. When requested by a Public Safety officer or Illinois Tech official, an individual is required to produce an official Illinois Tech ID card. Use of ID cards by anyone other than the person to whom it is issued is prohibited. Unauthorized alteration of an ID card for any purpose is strictly prohibited.
IITAlert is a mass notification system that enables Illinois Tech to send instant alerts simultaneously to all students, faculty, and staff via cell phone, Blackberry, wireless PDA, text pager, or personal email (optional). The system is another component of Illinois Tech 's communication system (mass email, myIIT portal, IIT Today), allowing Illinois Tech to reach the university community at a moment’s notice. Along with the safety of students, privacy is a top priority, and the phone/device numbers are secure and will not be shared with anyone. IITAlert will be used for emergency notifications only, except for an occasional test. You will not receive spam or non-emergency messages.
Illinois Tech Today
Illinois Tech Today is the central news source for all of Illinois Tech, bringing you important academic updates, student organization news, internship and scholarship opportunities, and information about events on and off campus, as well as stories about students, faculty, staff, and alumni and their accomplishments. Additionally, Illinois Tech Today highlights students, faculty, and staff members who are making news at Illinois Tech, along with their accomplishments. If you have won an award, published a paper, or are involved in a project or event you think the Illinois Tech community should know about, contact Illinois Tech Today. Please use the submission form linked at the top of the Illinois Tech Today website to submit content for consideration.
The International Center provides assistance to international students, faculty, and scholars at Illinois Tech on matters pertaining to immigration status and personal and cultural adjustment. The center also assists Illinois Tech students who are interested in studying abroad. Throughout the year, the International Center coordinates various educational, social, and cultural programs open to all Illinois Tech students, faculty, and staff.
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program
Teamwork, innovation, and complex problem-solving skills make successful professionals. Since 1995 the Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program team project course at Illinois Tech has been teaching Illinois Tech students how to excel in the workplace by providing them with the practical tools that can make a difference in their professional lives. The IPRO program engages multidisciplinary teams of upper-level undergraduate students in semester-long projects. Corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, nonprofits, governmental agencies, Illinois Tech students ,and faculty bring their organization’s problems/project ideas to us, and we put a team of students to work on it. An Illinois Tech faculty mentor, in conjunction with the input of a liaison from the sponsoring organization, guides a team of eight to 12 Illinois Tech students from across Illinois Tech’s professional programs (architecture, business, computing, engineering, science and letters, and psychology).
IPRO students develop skills that are critical to professional success, including working as part of an effective multidisciplinary team; how to innovate and invent; leadership and decision making; balancing costs, benefits, and ethical issues; planning and managing complex projects; and how to meet mission critical dates and deadlines. In brief, the IPRO program prepares students to make early and substantive contributions in their professions.
We regularly feature IPRO tracks on mobile device apps, venture development, process improvement, information technology and communications solutions, engineering research and design, applied research, community development, and service learning.
The IPRO course is an Illinois Tech general education requirement. All undergraduates must complete at least two three-credit IPRO courses. Graduate students are encouraged to enroll in an IPRO project course as well, and may receive elective credit toward their degree.
The IPRO Office is housed within the Idea Shop in the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, 3317 South Federal Street. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Keating Sports Center
Facilities for basketball, racquetball, volleyball, badminton, swimming, and exercise are available in the university’s sports center. The building is open during the academic year every day of the week. Ecko Pool’s free swim hours vary. Building and pool hours are subject to change during school breaks, holidays, and special events. Hours can be found on the athletic website. Contact Keating Sports Center for more information.
Illinois Tech’s libraries include Paul V. Galvin Library; the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (Mies Campus); the Graham Resource Center (Mies Campus); the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library (Conviser Law Center); the Institute for Food Safety and Health Library (Moffett Campus); and University Archives and Special Collections (Mies Campus).
Paul V. Galvin Library
As the Illinois Tech’s central library, Paul V. Galvin Library combines digital access with traditional library services. Galvin Library provides welcoming, safe, student-oriented spaces that accommodate both individual and collaborative learning, including reservable group study rooms and spaces for students participating in interviews or video conferences. In addition to 3D printing, Galvin Library facilitates the use of an electronic cutter and button makers for student and student group use. Laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, and calculators are available for check-out in addition to traditional library resources. Galvin Library’s extensive collections of print materials are enhanced by virtual services that are provided 24 hours per day, allowing seamless access to online databases as well as thousands of full text e-journals and e-books. Galvin Library also facilitates access to I-Share, a statewide resource sharing system of more than 90 academic libraries, and provides web-based delivery of materials via interlibrary loan. Galvin Library also manages an institutional repository, open to all Illinois Tech students. Librarians have the expertise to support a broad range of subjects and majors and are available for online or in-person assistance. Students can make research appointments for one-on-one research help with a librarian who specializes in their area of study.
Graham Resource Center (GRC)
(S.R. Crown Hall)
Located in the heart of Crown Hall, the Graham Resource Center (GRC) offers space, collections, and services in support of the curricula and intellectual life of the College of Architecture. To keep services flexible and responsive to learners' needs, staff collaborate closely with faculty. To be a strong and reliable partner in research and education, the GRC is fully integrated into daily life at the College of Architecture.
In the past 10 years, the GRC has expanded twice in order to accommodate growing use and collections. A wealth of subjects in architecture, from prehistory to the present, are encompassed by the collection of about 18,000 volumes in a variety of languages and formats. Modernist and contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design are primary focuses. Complementary disciplines such as construction, art, photography and film, engineering, and sustainability are also well-represented.
Two special research resources augment the GRC reference collections: works on Chicago's history, peoples, land, and architecture comprise the first, putting Chicago and its built environment into context; the second, our “Mies Collection,” features a comprehensive Ludwig Mies van der Rohe bibliography and study collection, as well as materials relating to the history of Illinois Tech’s campus and faculty.
Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP)
The center, located on the 14th floor of the IIT Tower, contains a variety of materials dealing with professional and applied ethics, as well as how ethical and social issues arise in scientific research and emerging technologies. Home to the Ethics Codes Collection, the largest collection of codes and ethics and guidelines in the world, the library provides bibliographic assistance to students and researchers and assists visiting scholars and practitioners.
Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)
Located on Illinois Tech’s Moffett Campus in Bedford Park, the branch library at the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) supports both the academic curriculum for the Department of Food Science and Nutrition and the food safety and technology research being conducted at IFSH.
A depository library for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the library provides digital access to all of the Paul V. Galvin Library’s databases, as well as services such as interlibrary loan, web-based document delivery, and library instruction.
Illinois Tech Conviser Law Center Library
Chicago-Kent Law Library offers a comfortable library center for study and research with a skilled and friendly staff to support student academic life and faculty scholarship. Professional law librarians possess the expertise to provide research and reference assistance in all areas of law and legal technology training through in-class presentations and personal assistance. The library offers multi-disciplinary print and electronic collections and connects students and faculty to an expanded array of materials through a statewide resource-sharing system and interlibrary loan. Through the library’s website, the law school community has remote access to a wide variety of legal databases collections and electronic journals. Library space includes a spacious reading room for independent study and group study rooms for collaborative work.
University Archives and Special Collections
Part of the Paul V. Galvin Library, University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) holds materials relating to every aspect of Illinois Tech’s history, including non-current university records; papers of faculty members, alumni, and student organizations; publications; photographs; audiovisual materials; artifacts; and more. UASC holdings are non-circulating, and no special credentials or permissions are necessary to use the materials; UASC is open to the Illinois Tech community and general public for research and reference use. UASC staff are also able to assist students, faculty, and staff with archival research, and are available for classroom instruction sessions using primary source materials. Holdings can be searched at archives.iit.edu.
Lost and Found
A lost and found service is maintained by the Public Safety Department, located in Tech Central.
McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC)
The McCormick Tribune Campus Center is all about students. Find programs, services, and facilities such as the Welcome Desk, Mail and Copy Center, Global Grounds coffee café, student organization offices, WIIT (the student-run radio station), recreation area with ping pong and pool tables, the campus bookstore, 7-Eleven, wireless study areas, meeting rooms, event spaces, and much more. Go to a movie, see a concert, attend a lecture or social event, study, volunteer, grab a coffee or tea, and just hang out in the MTCC.
Academic term building hours (excluding holidays) are:
Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m.–midnight
Friday, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–midnight
The recreation area in the center of The McCormick Tribune Campus Center offers a variety of games including billiards, table tennis, and foosball. Visit the Welcome Desk to check out equipment.
Meetings in the Campus and Conference Centers
The use of space in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center and the Hermann Hall Conference Center is available to Illinois Tech departments and recognized student organizations. Space may be requested by student organizations through the Office of Campus Life. For all other departments, space may be requested through the Office of Event Services. For further information, you may visit iit.edu/event-services.
Event hours (excluding holidays and academic breaks) are:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Meetings in Classrooms
Use of space in classroom buildings is available to university departments or recognized student organizations when classes are not in session. Classrooms can be reserved by student organizations through the Office of Campus Life. Departments can reserve space through the Office of Event Services. For further information, you may visit iit.edu/event-services.
A notary service is available in the Office of Student Affairs.
The ombudsperson seeks to facilitate the resolution of disputes between students and staff at all levels within Illinois Tech’s Mies Campus. In essence, the ombudsperson is a mediator, who acts with neutrality and impartiality in an effort to achieve mutually agreed to outcomes. The ombudsperson is committed to seeking a fair resolution of disputes, but the ombudsperson does not have the power to impose a resolution.
All vehicle owners parking on Illinois Tech property (except in visitor spaces or other designated areas) must register their vehicle(s) with the Access, Card, and Parking Services office located in Hermann Hall (312.567.8968). A current parking permit in accordance with the parking policies is required. Current parking permit fees, permit designations, the parking map, and online registration is available by visiting its website. Parking policies are enforced at all times, and a complete copy of these policies can also be obtained online.
See Copy and Postal Center
Public Safety Department
The Public Safety Department, headquartered in Tech Central, protects students, faculty, staff, visitors, the general public, and property at Illinois Tech. All public safety officers are employees of Allied Universal Security Service, which provides security and public safety services in many locations throughout the Chicago area.
The Public Safety Department maintains an excellent working relationship with the Chicago Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. The duties of the Public Safety Department include rendering assistance in case of emergency; response and request for service; conducting investigations requested by the administration; aiding in quelling any disturbances; enforcing Illinois Tech rules and regulations; and providing support for the escort service. They are required to enforce all regulations, the proper use of buildings and facilities, and other printed regulations.
The Public Safety Department maintains statistics on crimes and other incidents occurring on campus. Representatives of the Public Safety Department are available to discuss crime statistics and to answer questions about security on the campus. Upon request, a member of the department is available to speak to groups about crime prevention and security measures that can be taken to ensure the safety of the Illinois Tech community. Should a member of the Illinois Tech community become the victim of a crime, they should report it immediately to the Public Safety Department, regardless of how small the crime may seem. Any suspicious persons or suspicious activities should always be immediately reported to the Public Safety Department. An extensive network of yellow emergency phones is located throughout the Mies Campus. In an emergency, these call boxes will connect you directly with a dispatcher. In non-emergency situations, call the Public Safety Department at ext. 86300 from any campus phone. For more information, you may visit the Public Safety website.
If you’re at risk: Pick up a campus phone and dial 8.6363. If you are calling from a regular phone, dial 312.808.6363. If you are near an emergency call box, press the button and you will be connected directly to the Public Safety Department.
If you need medical help: On a weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., go to the Student Health and Wellness Center in IIT Tower, 10 West 35th Street, Suite 3D9-1 (3rd floor), 312.567.7550. On the weekend, call the Public Safety Department, Tech Central, Room 115, 312.808.6363.
If you’re robbed: Call the Public Safety Department, 312.808.6363, right away. Prompt reports increase the chances to recover your property.
If there’s a fire: Pull the nearest fire alarm. Leave the building as quickly as possible. Close all windows and doors and turn off lights if possible. Once outside, call the Public Safety Department, 312.808.6363.
The Office of the Registrar serves as the official data steward of institutional academic information and student records to support the needs of students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Illinois Tech. The office maintains accurate, timely, and secure information to support and enforce academic policy, registration, grading, enrollment and degree certification, course information, the production of diplomas and official transcripts, and other related functions. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff are dedicated to providing courteous and professional service.
Rave Guardian is an application for mobile devices that integrates with the IITAlert system to allow you to receive Illinois Tech emergency alerts based on your location, even when you don’t have a cell signal. However, it allows for more than simply receiving emergency alerts. You can discreetly contact Public Safety by sending messages through the “Chat” feature. You can also call either Public Safety or 911 with the press of a button. Rave Guardian makes it easier to find the campus resources you need through its extensive list of phone numbers listed in the “Call Directory” section and websites linked within the app’s “Resources” feature. You can also use the “Safety Timer” feature to add an extra layer of safety wherever you are. This feature will notify a contact if you don’t arrive at your destination within the time you’ve allotted. To start using Illinois Tech’s customized Rave Guardian App, simply download Rave Guardian in the Apple App Store or Google Play store, input your Illinois Tech email address and password, and fill out the information it asks for.
Office of Residence Life
also see online Residence Hall handbook
The Office of Residence Life at Illinois Tech supports student housing and summer conferences. Residence Life focuses on developmental experiences and quality living environments for its residential communities to complement their academic experiences at Illinois Tech.
The residence halls offer a focused and dynamic living and learning environment. In addition, Residence Life coordinates operational efforts with the Greek chapters on campus.
First- and second-year students not living with a parent or legal guardian must live in the residence halls. Rates, options, and other campus housing information are available on the Office of Residence Life website.
Department Mission: The Office of Residence Life promotes inclusive communities that foster the educational and social development of students in safe and well-maintained environments.
Carman Hall (CA)
Carman Hall is an apartment community for families, partners, graduate students, and undergraduate students over the age of 23. Residents have the option of a furnished studio or one-bedroom with den apartment.
George J. Kacek Hall (KH)
George J. Kacek Hall is a first-year residence hall that provides an opportunity to connect and interact with a variety of people on a daily basis. The typical Kacek residence hall room is a traditional double room (two students per room).
Gunsaulus Hall (GU)
Gunsaulus Hall is an apartment community for third- and fourth-year students and graduate students. Residents have the option of furnished studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments.
McCormick Student Village (MSV)
MSV is comprised of six interconnected residence halls that provide an opportunity to connect and interact with a variety of people on a daily basis. The typical MSV residence hall room is a traditional double room (two students per room).
Jeanne and John Rowe Village (Formerly SSV)
Jeanne and John Rowe Village consists of three, five-story buildings facing State Street and backing up to the Chicago Transit Authority’s Green Line elevated train. The complex is made up of two suite-style buildings (two students per bedroom that share a bathroom with an adjoining suite) and one apartment-style building (one student per bedroom) with rooms for one, two, three, or six students.
Students are also able to live in Greek chapter houses, should they choose to join a fraternity or sorority, after living in a residence hall for, at least, one semester.
Residence Life Handbook
The Residence Life Handbook provides guidelines and expectations for residential students in tandem with the Residence Life Room and Board Contract. Students living in the residential facilities are expected to be familiar with all policies and procedures in the handbook. The handbook is available on the Residence Life website.
Residence Hall Guests and Visitors
Generally, Illinois Tech residence halls welcome friends and family of our residents. Visitors of all on campus residential communities must present a valid government issued photo ID to the community desk assistant upon entering the building. They must also be escorted by their resident host while in the building. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of public health guidance, Illinois Tech will limit guest access to its residence halls for at least the fall 2020 semester. More information is located in the Residence Life Handbook.
Residential students are required to participate in a meal plan. First- and second-year students are required to participate in the Unlimited Meal Plan. Students with an in-unit kitchen may choose a lesser plan. Learn more about dining options and available meal plans on the dining services website.
First- and Second-Year Residency Requirement
First-year undergraduate students enrolled full-time, as defined in the Illinois Tech Undergraduate Bulletin, are required to live in campus residence halls for two academic years. An academic year consists of both the fall and spring semester of any given term.
Students may apply for a waiver if they live with a parent or legal guardian within the Chicago metro area. The address provided must be no more than twenty (20) miles away from campus via public transit or major roadways. Addresses will be verified with what is on file with Illinois Tech Financial Aid. Additional or supporting documentation may be requested. Transfer students with fewer than three or more semesters of college work may also apply for an exemption.
The Housing Application Waiver can be found in myroom.iit.edu.
The 7-Eleven convenience store provides a large array of products for the campus community. Students will find an assortment of snack foods, toiletries, and household type items.
Student Accounting Office
The Student Accounting Office is located at 3424 South State Street, Tech Central, Fourth Floor. For a complete list of services provided, please visit its website. There you will also find the latest information regarding tuition and fees, payments options, important dates, and much more.
Your live student account information is located in the myIIT portal “Finances” tab. Follow the “Manage My Student Account” link in the center of the page to view and print statements, see your current balance, recent account activity, make payments or enroll in a payment plan, or establish a direct deposit account for Title IV refunds. Take a moment to read the Illinois Tech Statement of Financial Responsibility, which is set forth in Article IV, Section G.
The staff in the Student Accounting Office is available weekdays 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Emails, phone calls, and walk-ins are welcome.
Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs serves as the coordination center for student advocacy and engagement. The vice provost for student affairs and dean of students oversees most areas of student life including campus life, dining services, residence life, the Student Health and Wellness Center, community standards, and disability resources. The Office of Student Affairs also provides notary public service and manages the CTA UPass program.
The Student Affairs staff is committed to fostering the development of students by promoting educational and social growth while reinforcing the importance of personal responsibility for lifelong success. Students are encouraged to contact our office for any inquiry or assistance with navigating university life, university departments, adjusting to college life, or if you just need to speak to someone. Staff members will work with students to evaluate individual needs and connect students to the appropriate resources..
Student Employment (on-campus)
The Office of Student Employment oversees on-campus jobs at Illinois Tech. An on-campus job is more than just a paycheck and an easy commute. On-campus jobs will teach you valuable skills for your future career, and just like the real job market, acquiring on-campus jobs can be competitive. View our resume and cover letter resources for tips on standing out in any job market, or speak with a career coach or professor about your job application. You can find both Federal Work Study (FWS) and non-FWS jobs through Handshake.
Student Health and Wellness Center
IIT Tower, 3rd floor, room 3D9-1
The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) at Illinois Tech provides quality health and counseling services tailored to the unique and diverse needs of our students. The goal of SHWC is to provide campus health and wellness resources that enable students to achieve their academic goals and promote lifelong wellness. The SHWC provides primary care, laboratory services, psychotherapy, mental health support, health promotion, and outreach programming.
The SHWC provides diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses and injuries, with the ability to prescribe medication and/or provide appropriate prescriptions. We also provide immunizations, allergy injections with a preexisting prescription, and offer walk-in appointments. In addition, SHWC provides gynecological care and sexual health screening for men and women. A small fee may incur for labs, diagnostic tests, immunizations, and medication(s) given on site.
Our counseling services include psychotherapy, psychiatry, referrals, and medication management for those engaging in concurrent psychotherapy. The SHWC does not have a session limit. Our counselors are experienced to address many issues students may face and include, but are not limited to, loneliness, relationship concerns, family issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, concentration difficulties, sleeping difficulties, eating disorders, addiction, sexual concerns, anger management, cultural adjustment, and other personal issues.
The SHWC clinical services are provided by a team of culturally sensitive professionals. We provide comprehensive clinical services and outreach programs to Illinois Tech students. In addition, SHWC is a resource for consultation to faculty, staff, and parents of Illinois Tech students.
Medical appointments (excluding immunizations) and mental health intake appointments can be scheduled online. If students are unable to schedule online, please call the clinic at 312.567.7550. All services are confidential.
There are several options for crisis and emergency situations after hours, on weekends, and on holidays. All of these options are available 24-hours per day, every day of the week, including holidays. Services are available to all Illinois Tech students, including those who do not have Aetna health insurance.
Physician’s Immediate Care Center 312.566.9510
Michigan Avenue Immediate Care Center 312.201.1234
Aetna Student Assistance Program 877.351.7889
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800.273.TALK (8255)
Illinois Tech Public Safety Department 312.808.6363
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline 888.293.2080
Hazeldon Substance Abuse Recovery 800.257.7810
City of Chicago Emergency 911
Illinois Tech offers a wide range of study abroad programs for undergraduate students specifically geared to the financial needs and course requirements of Illinois Tech students. Understanding cultural differences in today’s increasingly interconnected world is an important and invaluable skill. Illinois Tech’s study abroad programs provide excellent opportunities to help you increase your global awareness, and international research and internships allow you to gain a new perspective of your career field. Not only will the experience enhance your job marketability after you graduate, but you’ll learn new ideas, explore other regions of the world, and be better prepared to meet the challenges of a global workforce. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions imposed by public health agencies across the country and other countries, study abroad options will be severely limited, if not eliminated, for at least the fall 2020 semester.
Office of Technology Services
The Office of Technology Services (OTS) supports Illinois Tech’s primary technology systems, including administrative systems, myIIT, Banner, and the network and telephone infrastructures. OTS departments include Technology Infrastructure, Enterprise Systems (project management, database and programming services), Telecommunications, and User and Technical Services (technology support, PC labs, classroom AV, and printing). OTS maintains more than 586 computers in its classrooms, labs, and public terminals throughout the Mies, Downtown, Rice and Moffett campuses, including an online virtual computer lab. To ensure that students have access to equipment that supports their academic goals, the computers in the classrooms and labs are refreshed on a three-year cycle. The classroom and lab instructional software is reviewed every semester by the Illinois Tech Software Committee and updated after thorough testing for compatibility with existing hardware and software.
OTS manages the myIIT web portal (my.iit.edu), which provides personalized access to email, Google Apps, online course registration, Blackboard, OTS Support, student financial information, student life, weblinks, tools, and other content. Supplemental course materials are available through Blackboard, Illinois Tech’s course management system, where instructors post lectures, notes, and other course information. Illinois Tech distance learning content and video lectures are also accessed through Blackboard. To better support the campus computer user, the myIIT web portal also lists free computer software downloads, including Mathematica, Printing Packages for Windows and Apple computers, CISCO VPN, AutoDesk, and McAfee Anti-Virus.
The OTS Support Desk is the central point of contact for technology support at Illinois Tech. Support Desk staff provide technical problem solving and administrative support for all Illinois Tech students, faculty, and staff. Services include troubleshooting, account management, and configuration assistance. OTS Support is available through myIIT and includes a knowledge database (support.iit.edu/) with how-to information for common technical issues and questions. A request for technical support may be submitted by opening a ticket through the OTS Support Desk feature in myIIT, sending a request via email (email@example.com), calling the Support Desk at 312.567.3375 (on-campus 7.DESK), or stopping by the Galvin Library to speak with Support Desk staff in person.
Illinois Tech provides traffic-shaped internet access through its wired and wireless networks. Most campus buildings have wired internet access and wireless internet access is available campus-wide. Visit the OTS website to view Illinois Tech’s current Wi-Fi zones. Instructions for connecting to the internet through the Illinois Tech network, including how to configure and register personal computers and mobile devices, are also available on the OTS website.
The most up-to-date information on all these topics and useful details about other services such as email, computer purchasing, and software licensing are available on the OTS website.
Office of Title IX Compliance
The Office of Title IX Compliance support students and employees involved in instances of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and misconduct, covered by Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination in education on the basis of sex. It receives and resolves these types of complaints pursuant to the process set forth in Article III of this Student Handbook and provides educational training to the campus community. Instances of sexual harassment and misconduct that are not covered by Title IX are handled pursuant to the processes set forth in Article II of this Student Handbook.
Unauthorized Keys or Keycards
Unauthorized use or possession of keys or keycards for Illinois Tech locks is prohibited.
Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
The Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UGAA) provides a variety of academic support services for an undergraduate student from the time of admission to graduation. These services include academic advising, evaluation of transfer credits from both United States and international schools; official academic program audits; student petitions; change of major, including declaration of dual degree or double major; change of status from non-degree seeking to degree-seeking; certification of student’s eligibility for degree conferral; granting official leave of absence or official withdrawal from Illinois Tech; reinstating former undergraduate students to Illinois Tech; and monitoring academic progress for probation and dismissal. Also, UGAA is responsible for DegreeWorks, which is an unofficial advising tool for students and faculty. DegreeWorks is accessed through a student’s academic tab on myIIT. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday, and UGAA has an open door policy, so appointments are not required. The office is located in the IIT Tower on the second floor.
The CTA UPass program is administered by the Office of Student Affairs. Only students who are registered for full-time academic hours (graduate students—nine hours; undergraduate students—12 hours) are eligible to participate in the U-Pass program. The U-Pass fee is a mandatory fee for all full-time students and can only be waived by distance learning students who resides 50 miles or more from Mies Campus. All requests to waive the UPass fee must be submitted through email each semester, by the end of the fourth week of courses. Requests submitted after the fourth week will not be considered. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us in the Office of Student Affairs (MTC 209 or firstname.lastname@example.org). As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement has been amended to all full-time students to opt-into the program for at least the fall 2020 semester.
VanderCook College of Music
Full-time Illinois Tech students in good standing may take courses offered at VanderCook College of Music. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs for further information. Admission to VanderCook courses is on a space-available basis, and students may be asked to audition or to satisfy other requirements prior to acceptance into a VanderCook course. Illinois Tech students can register for many courses including Music Theory, Music History, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra, and private lessons. More information can be found on the VanderCook website.
One-to-one help with writing assignments is available in the Illinois Tech Writing Center, which provides assistance with assignments in engineering, science, and technical communication courses as well as courses in the humanities (literature, history, art and architecture history, philosophy) and social sciences. Students may use the sign-up sheets on the doors of SH 232 and 233 to reserve a specific time. When possible, the Writing Center also accepts students on a walk-in basis without an appointment.